At work with Alison: humane society

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - When Frankie Dennison became the director of the Harrison County Humane Society three years ago, she knew she had found the perfect career.

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"This is my dream job, I've loved animals since I was a tiny young thing."

While it may seem like the best job ever, working at the humane society isn't all cuddles and sloppy kisses.

"People think we feed and water them all day, and it's absolutely not that. When you have a facility that's filled with animals, there is a lot of cleaning," Frankie said.

Bowls, litter boxes, kennels and floors get scrubbed clean each day to prevent disease. The team also bathes the animals as often as needed and make sure each animals is healthy by giving routine checkups.

"We make sure nothing looks odd, but if it does, then we call our vet or vet tech to find out if it's something we can fix here, or if it's something we need to bring them in for."

In addition to administering vaccines and medications, working at the non-profit requires advocating to the public to secure donations, and doing piles of paperwork to finalize adoptions.

"I don't think people realize the volume of animals that come through here. We adopt out close to 800 animals each year."

Of all the things they do each day, bringing in cats and dogs from animal control is the most crucial.

"When we're saving them from euthanasia, we're saving lives here."

One of the most difficult things workers face is seeing heartbreaking cases of animal cruelty or neglect.

"You have to have a very level head. This is a job where you see a lot of heartbreak."

For Frankie, the happiness of saving lives and uniting animals with good families, is what makes the hardships of her job worthwhile.

"At the end of the day, that's what makes this job completely perfect; you've found an animal their forever home."